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Dorothy Mae Lafitte

February 11, 1928 — October 1, 2023

Dorothy Lafitte passed away peacefully on Sunday October 1, 2023, with her husband of 75 years by her side.

Services are pending.

Dorothy was born on February 11, 1928, Dorothy Mae Townley Lafitte was a lifelong resident of the Golden Triangle. She was the youngest child of Gillesse Lalande of New Iberia, LA., and Hulen Townley of Weir Mississippi. She attended St Mary’s and St James elementary schools, Woodrow Wilson Jr High and graduated in 1946 from Thomas Jefferson high School. After graduation she attended and graduated from Lamar Junior College with an associate degree in general studies. In 1947 she was voted Sweetheart of Lamar by her peers. Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Carroll Lafitte in 1948 and a busy life began with a career in banking, initially at First National Bank in Port Arthur and later as Vice President of Mobile Banking at First Bank & Trust in Groves. Dorothy was a member of the Immaculate Conception Mother’s Club, one of the first volunteers with the Mother’s March of Dimes, president of the Groves Garden Club and later president, member of the board of directors and champion for the preservation of the historical Department Club and Rose Hill Manor. Dorothy and Carroll loved to travel and spent many of her later years visiting countries all over the world. She was a beach lover and avid collector (and authority) on tiny pre-war “penny” dolls and kewpie dolls.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Hulen Townley Jr, Arthur Townley, and grandson Grant Gay.

She is survived by her husband Carroll Lafitte, daughters Vicki Lafitte Gay (husband Dib) and Cindy Lafitte Proske (husband Charlie). Also, five grandchildren: Robert (Rob) Stokes, Amy Proske Becker, Molly Proske, Hillary Gay Summers (husband D.J.) and Sallie Proske and six great grandchildren: Connor Stokes, Charlie Ann Becker, Logan Summers, Tiller Becker, Liam Summers, and Lukas Summers …. as well as 2 nieces and 6 nephews.

The Lafitte Family would like to send a special thanks and appreciation to Delores “Dorie” Cruz and her extraordinary team of caregivers: Malou Bonin, Mary Ann Breaux, Cristina Steele, Cathy Datar, Elvie Stephenson, and Donor Herrera.

Dorothy will be remembered as a volunteer at Beaumont’s St Anthony’s parish, a happy & loving mother & grandmother and a devoted Catholic who supported many church causes.
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